Grow Your Own Butterflies

Squid loves butterflies, did you know that butterflies taste with their feet?

Grow Your Own Butterflies

Our butterflies arrived in the post and we opened them straight away. Squid was very interested and couldn’t stop looking at them; they were very small. It only took a few days before they were really big. Did you know that they double in size every day and grow up to 10 times their size from when you first get them!

Butterfly larvae Butterfly larvae bigger

Next we had to get them out and put them in the butterfly mesh house, this had to be done very carefully so we got a bit of help. We had to put them somewhere dry and flat to let them grow.

A few days after we put them in they started to shake. This is to scare off predators that want to eat them. One fell off the white paper but that’s ok as they still grow, we just had to put it on a paper towel.

After a couple of weeks they hatched into painted lady butterflies, we were amazed! We had to get them some food as soon as they hatched, we made sugar water and put it onto some fresh flowers from the garden for them. They really liked it, they had really long tongues to suck up the sugar water.

Painted Lady Butterflies

After a few days we had to let them go, we really didn’t want to. Did you know that after letting them go they stay in the same area for the next 7 days! Everyday squid went out to see them. We loved the Butterflies.

Releasing Butterflies

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